Treating Skin Cancer
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
It’s important to take care of our skin and prevent skin cancer at all times. Even in the winter, dangerous UV rays can cause skin damage that can lead to skin cancer later on. Wearing sunscreen and other protection can help you prevent dangerous cancer from forming. Keep reading to learn about skin cancer and how we can help you treat it.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. The three types of skin cancer that are most commonly diagnosed include:
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
The non-melanoma skin cancers can be treated in our office with a minor surgery to remove cancerous cells. Targeted drug therapy and immunotherapy may be great options as well. Melanoma skin cancer may require numerous treatments, which can include surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
The treatment for skin cancer will vary and depends on the size and type of the tumor. Many of the available options involve removal of the entire growth. They are usually enough to give you a cancer-free result, though we always recommend having check-ups after your tumor has been removed. These removal procedures are usually minor and require only a local anesthetic in an outpatient setting.
Some of the treatment options for skin cancer include:
Laser therapy – This option destroys cancerous growths with a very targeted system. Little damage is done to the surrounding tissue.
Mohs surgery – This treatment requires removal of larger growths one layer at a time until no abnormal cells are remaining.
Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy involves using powerful drugs to kill cancer. This technique can also utilize creams and lotions.
Freezing – This kills dangerous tissue by freezing it with liquid nitrogen. You may be more aware of it as “cryosurgery.”
Excision – This involved cutting the abnormal tissue, as well as some of the surrounding healthy tissue, out of the skin.
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